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Call for Panels. Deadline for submissions: 04 September 2022

EADI CEsA General Conference 2023: Towards New Rhythms of Development

10-13 July 2023, Centre for African and Development Studies (CEsA), ISEG-Lisbon School of Economics and Management/University of Lisbon (Portugal)

The development landscape has never been static but in these times of uncertainty and insecurity, we are witnessing ever more profound shifts in global relations, inequalities, and forms of exclusion.

Dominant trajectories and paths of ‘development’ have led the world to the brink of collapse. Around the world pandemics have deepened unequal access to health care and vaccines and have had negative socio-economic impacts structured along national, racial, gendered and class lines. Many forms of life on earth are close to extinction and global warming has led to severe and devastating wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and other disasters. We are also experiencing a crisis of political representation, with public support for leaders and politicians waning. Due to fake news and cyber propaganda, we are witnessing a crisis of trust, which is triggering populist and nationalist narratives that undermine solidarity, collective action, and resistance.

This is combined with rising economic inequalities and occurrences of civil wars, local conflict and forced displacements. These global patterns are intimately interconnected: the growing climate emergency, the global pandemic, the protests against systemic and structural injustices and the rise in global inequalities. A fundamental rethinking of development has never been more urgent, timely and salient.

Worldwide protests calling for transformative and structural change, against racism and injustice, alongside calls to decolonise minds and acts have illuminated a path towards reflecting and rethinking how history has been framed through colonialist narratives and how these persist in the present. These tensions are a sign that human aspirations and ways of living, as well as perceptions of what constitutes development, are responding to mitigate, and hopefully overcome, the adverse consequences of these global patterns and crises. This will require greater understanding of the multiple and varied spatial and temporal rhythms of development be they: planetary, climatic and seasonal, economic and capitalist, political and institutional.  The challenge is to consider a fundamental transformation of policies, practices, mindsets and behaviours, one based not solely on technological and scientific innovations but founded on cultural, intellectual and artistic creativity and inspiration. We need to consider a variety of data, evidence and research to identify key challenges and to develop new concepts, methods and policies.

The Lisbon conference aims to illuminate the various causes and manifestations of these current unprecedented challenges and to explore and map ‘new rhythms of development’.

Different panel formats

We seek to provide spaces for discussion, engagement, sharing, and co-creation among conveners, contributors and participants. For that reason, the conference gives room for a variety of different panels and sessions:

Seed Panels

  • Are included in the open call for abstracts (opens in October 2022)
  • Provide a platform to present work in progress and/or innovative ideas
  • Do not necessarily require the submission of a full paper
  • Constructive feedback to applicants after submissions of papers is expected, as well as during the session

Harvest Panels

  • Are included in the open call for abstracts (opens in October 2022)
  • Provide a space to present completed research and research findings
  • Conveners may opt for making the submission of full papers obligatory, but must be prepared to provide adequate comments on the submitted papers
  • Conveners are asked to explore possibilities for publication of contributions

Workshop sessions

  • Limited number of participants, with prior registration
  • Not included in the call for abstracts
  • Sessions can have:
    • An academic focus
    • A research practice focus
    • A skills focus
    • A creative focus

Roundtable sessions

  • Roundtable sessions are not included in the call for abstracts
  • Convenors are responsible for inviting panellists and to secure funds for their participation
  • Roundtable sessions can have an academic, a practice-oriented or a programmatic focus

Important information

Seed panels, Harvest panels and Roundtables can be organised in a hybrid way, with participants joining either in-person or online. However, please note that Workshops can only be organised in-person and not in a hybrid format.

Any single person (either convener or co-convener) can take part in the organisation of a maximum of two panels.

For every panel, at least one (co)-convener must be attending the conference physically in Lisbon, i.e., it is not possible to organise a panel only convened remotely.

Please note that panels/sessions are limited to a maximum of two time slots (subject to approval based on logistical constraints).

We encourage convenors to aim for diverse and gender-balanced panels sessions with an adequate representation of young scholars and scholars from the Global South.


For this conference, we apply a “crowd-funding” approach. All working groups and institutions presenting in a panel and attending the Conference will be expected to be self-funded. This refers to the payment of the registration fees, the arrangement of travels with speakers from the Global South and possibly shared costs for the organisers of the panel for the provision of special technical equipment. EADI will provide an online paper and panel management system to all panel organizers and working groups, in order to create an online conference program with all papers and presentations available for download.

Submission of proposals and contact

Proposals can be submitted until 4 September 2022.

To submit a proposal, please fill in the Microsoft form available here

Important: please be as complete as possible in the details you provide about the session.

For any enquiries, you can contact the conference team at: conference2023(at)

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